Criminal charges are possible related to the abuse of prescription drugs and the illegal sale of prescription drugs. It is both illegal to use prescription drugs without a prescription that is valid and to distribute prescription drugs that are illegally obtained without a valid prescription and there are potential criminal penalties for doing both. Potential penalties and consequences for any type of drug charges can be severe.
The penalties for illegally using or selling prescription drugs vary by state so it is important to be familiar with the laws in your state and the potential penalties in your state. Prescription drugs can be obtained in various illegal ways by pharmacists illegally selling them, other medical professionals stealing and selling them, through fraudulent prescriptions or the practice of doctor shopping by going to multiple doctors to obtain prescriptions.
It is important to keep in mind that selling prescription drugs when not authorized to do so, or to someone without a valid prescription, or using prescription drugs without a valid prescription can be illegal and may lead to criminal charges. As always, it is also important for individuals accused of committing a drug crime, including prescription drug crimes, to understand and be familiar with their criminal defense rights.
There are a variety of methods for challenging criminal charges including if the facts did not occur as authorities allege, if authorities did not follow all necessary procedures; or if witness statements were less than truthful. The important part is for the accused individual to be familiar with their criminal defense options and resources.